The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Division of Addictive Diseases oversees nine Recovery Support Clubhouses for youth and young adults aged 13 to 21 years with substance use diagnoses. The Recovery Support Clubhouses utilize a comprehensive substance abuse recovery support model designed to engage adolescents and their families in their own recovery. The clubhouses are supportive environments where consumers are members. Staff and members work together to perform the jobs of the clubhouse and participate in social outings, educational supports, employment supports, transitional services, and other specific clubhouse activities.
The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health works with DBHDD’s Office of Addictive Disease to evaluate the Recovery Support Clubhouse model and monitor youth outcomes over time. The evaluation uses secondary data collected by clubhouse staff to examine programmatic outputs and outcomes to support reporting to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with the ultimate goal of improving program quality. Additionally, the Center of Excellence provides financing and policy research, and implementation support to the clubhouses to support continuous quality improvement.